Carla Neggers immerses herself in the research for each novel she writes. For her most recent novel, COLD RIDGE, she studied the White Mountain range in the northeastern United States, and decided to become a "4,000- Footer" with aspirations to climb all 48 peaks over 4,000 feet. Given her family's love of the outdoors, her New Hampshire-based brother has a head start on her. They plan to hike infamous Mount Washington together this fall.
The author admits that her love affair with the White Mountains began when she climbed popular Mount Chocorua as a teenager. "I knew I had to make it to the top because the kid who had our lunch got way ahead of me, and I was hungry!" she recalls. "I was staying with my family at a cottage on an island in Lake Winnipesaukee. Our summer trips there are some of my fondest memories."
Carla has always been inspired by the outdoors, even as a young girl growing up on her family's 90-acre farm in rural Massachusetts.
She started writing at a young age. In good weather she'd climb a tree with paper and pen; when it was raining she'd hide in her closet. Her first rave review came from her sister, who stole her manuscript, read it and urged her to finish the book.
A native New Englander, Carla studied music at the Boston University School of Fine Arts, taking French horn lessons from members of the Boston Symphony. But writing has always been her first love, and she ended up graduating, magna cum laude, with a degree in journalism.
After college she worked as a freelance journalist and kept writing fiction. Finally, the summer her first child was born, she submitted a novel to an agent in New York. Carla has never forgotten the call from the agent, who told her she loved the book and wanted to represent her -- the fledgling author was cooking Cornish hens at the time.
Carla's fans especially like her unique blend of fast-paced suspense and romance. For the author, the addition of mystery offers the opportunity to really explore her characters in unique situations. "Romantic suspense has it all -- a great love story, interesting characters, pulse-pounding action, a sense of adventure and drama and more than a dash of fun," she says. "I'm fascinated to see how people go on with their lives after something truly stressful happens."
A respected member of the literary community, this award-winning author has written more than 40 novels, including mainstream fiction and series romance. She is a past president and member of the Advisory Council of Novelists, Inc., and is a mentor to a number of aspiring writers.
When she's not working on her next MIRA book, Carla enjoys traveling. This past summer she stayed with several of her Dutch cousins in the Netherlands and visited the medieval church where her ancestors were buried. The author also continues to catalog dozens of letters written by her Dutch family immediately after World War II, when their experiences were still very raw.
No stranger to the difficulties of balancing work and relaxation, the busy writer tours the country meeting and talking with readers. One of her favorite workshop topics is how to achieve a creative balance between writing as "work" and writing as "play," something Carla admits she strives for in her own life.
Carla lives in Vermont, where she and her husband are renovating their "work in progress" of a house on a hill.
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